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TIPS FOR PERFORMANCE

SCHLUMBERGER PETREL 20102011


PROCESSOR MEMORY
1. Fast clock rate for single-threaded 1. Memory size is critical
loads
Physical memory should hold active project data
2. Dual QuadCore or HexCore for
MultiThreaded operations 2. Fill all memory channels for peak bandwidth
o Attribute Calculations Z200 and EliteBook have 2-channel memory
o Reservoir Simulations
o Seismic rendering and bulk-data I/O o 4GB minimum
o Facies and petrophysical modeling o 8, 16, or 32 GB possible
o Geometrical modeling and Volumetrics
Z400/Z600/Z800 have 3-channel memory
MultiTasking Workflows
o 12G minimum recommended
3. Large CPU Cache
o 24, 48, 72 or 96 GB may be needed
4. Recommended BIOS settings for
Petrel (on a following page) o 192 GB maximum in Z800
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DISK DRIVES & FILE IO
1. One disk for OS, page file, and applications
2. IF using local read-mostly Project Cache(s), then cache drive should be
>= 2 drives, RAID-0 stripe
o Fastest to slowest: SSD, SAS 15K, SATA 10K, SATA 7.2K
On this drive : disable Indexing, consider turning off Write-cache buffer flushing
File system size recommended : as much as needed to hold active project data
3. High-bandwidth connection to project file server(s)
Team multiple network controllers if pulling/pushing data from/to multiple servers simultaneously
Optionally use faster network interface card if network infrastructure and file servers support this

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SCHLUMBERGER PETREL 2010-2011
OPERATING SYSTEM PROFESSIONAL GRAPHICS
1. Windows7 64-bit 1. NVIDIA Quadro FX preferred

2. High performance power plan 2. NVIDIA Quadro *000 for Petrel 2011
3. Certified OpenGL graphics card driver
3. To minimize unnecessary disk IO
Consider disabling Windows Search service 4. Graphics Memory for Volume Visualization
Consider disabling Superfetch service (Vista & Win7) 5. High-end Graphics Shaders/Processing for
smooth interactivity with large geometric
models involving advanced visualization
techniques
HP Performance Advisor can be used to analyze your
6. Multi-Display support
system configuration and is available for download at
http://www.hp.com/go/HPPerformanceAdvisor

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PETREL RECOMMENDED BIOS SETTINGS
Power --> OS Power Management --> Runtime Power Management Default is Enable
Recommendation: Enable

Power --> OS Power Management --> Idle Power Savings Default is Extended
Recommendation: Extended

Power --> Hardware Power Management --> Intel Turbo Boost Technology Default is Enable
Recommendation: Enable

Power --> Hardware Power Management --> Enhanced Intel Turbo Boost Tech Default is Disable
Recommendation: Enable

Advanced --> Processors --> Hyperthreading Default is Disable


Recommendation for Disable

Advanced --> Processors --> Active Cores Default is All Cores


Recommendation: All Cores

Advanced --> Chipset ---> Memory Node Interleave Default is Disable


Recommendation: Disable

NOTE HP Performance Advisor can be used to easily check and change BIOS settings. HP Performance Advisor
is free and available for download at http://www.hp.com/go/HPPerformanceAdvisor

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